Achieving the Community-Authored Plan
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A community plan written by the citizens is a notion that resonates with the core of what many believe local planning is all about. The vast majority of planning processes involve some level of community outreach in the form of seeking input on the important issues, visioning, and reviewing recommendations prior to adoption and implementation. But what about the task of actually writing the plan?
This session explores case studies where citizens were invited to actively participate in the drafting of plan recommendations. It highlights important considerations when designing such a process, including management of meeting logistics to ensure optimal outcomes; types of information to be developed; and expertise within the community that can provide appropriate insight. It also describes how planning professionals used the resulting material as the foundation for plans, and identifies pitfalls that can compromise the value of such outreach, potentially leading to frustration or distrust.
You’ll learn about:
- How to identify if and how residents can be brought into this step of the process
- How this specific type of engagement fits into a larger public outreach program
- Key considerations related to the design of this approach to ensure resulting materials are easily integrated into final product
- Facilitating the process; ensuring the plan is technically sound and locally appropriate
, City of Flint
Confirmed SpeakerKevin Schronce is the Lead Planner at the City of Flint. Over the past 4 years, Kevin has been immensely involved with the development of the Imagine Flint master plan, Flint’s first comprehensive plan since 1960. He’s been instrumental in the civic engagement and public outreach portions of the planning process and has directed multiple local data collection & mini-grant programs for the City. Kevin now oversees master plan implementation in his role directing the City’s Planning & Zoning Division. In addition to coordinating all long-range planning projects, he oversees the City’s Parks and Recreation, city streetlight, Choice Neighborhood's planning, and data/GIS functions. Kevin is a Michigan native and attended school at Michigan State University, earning a degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
, Village of Oak Park
, Oak Park
Confirmed SpeakerCraig M. Failor, AICP, LEED AP, ENV SP Village Planner Department of Development Customer Services Village of Oak Park, Illinois Manages all Planning, Historic Preservation, and Zoning functions. Professional Experience: City of Belvidere and Boone County, Illinois; Planning, Zoning and Building Department - Planner / Zoning Enforcement 1989 to 1991. Village of Lombard, Illinois; Department of Community Development -Planner 1991 to 1997 Village of Barrington, Illinois; Department of Building and Planning - Senior Planner 1997 to 2001; Assistant Director of Planning 2002 Education: Bachelors of Science in Community and Regional Planning: Iowa State University AICP Certification 1999 LEED Accreditation 2008 Envision Sustainable Professional Credential 2013
, Houseal Lavigne Associates
Confirmed SpeakerDevin is a Principal and Co-founder of Houseal Lavigne Associates, with special expertise in urban design, land use planning, site planning, land planning, land use regulation, graphic illustration and development visualization, and geographic information systems. He is one of the profession’s top graphics professionals and is recognized for his ability to communicate plans, planning concepts, and incorporating development visualizations into the planning process. He has directed, managed, authored and contributed to a number of comprehensive plans, downtown plans, corridor plans, subarea plans, park master plans, and other planning assignments throughout the United States. Devin’s graphic work has garnered national attention and has helped distinguish the firm’s body of work, receiving multiple awards, including a Planning Excellence Award from the American Planning Association for an Emerging Planning and Design Firm.
, Houseal Lavigne Associates